The International Cross-Cultural Seminar is an up to three-week encounter in a Latin American, Middle Eastern, African, Asian, or Eastern European setting, intended to generate an appreciation of social, political, economic, and ecclesial otherness within MDiv students.
The seminar includes meetings of preparation in the semester before the encounter, a retreat for reflection and debriefing in the semester after the encounter, and culminates in a presentation to the community. The destinations are selected by the Dean of the Seminary.
Israel/Palestine – 2014, 2010
Egypt – 2013, 2009
Caribbean - 2012
India – 2011, 2008, 2004
Thailand - 2011
South Africa -2008, 2002
Central America - 2007
Turkey & Lebanon - 2006
Ghana - 2005
Cuba - 2003
Students are required to expose themselves to and reflect upon social and economic otherness; national and cultural otherness; racial and ethnic otherness; ideological otherness; ecclesiastical otherness. Such experience and reflection include what otherness means for oneself personally and vocationally, and also for the church, its nature, vocation, and ministry.
The International Cross-Cultural Seminar typically takes place at the 200-level of the MDiv program. A cross-cultural fee of $3,500 is assessed to underwrite a portion of the costs incurred by the Seminary and should be considered part of a student’s educational expenses.
Exceptions and Alternatives to the Cross-Cultural Seminar can be found in the Student Handbook. Click here for the information